Education objectives

The fundamental axes of the Master''s degree in Bioenergy are the assessment of available resources for the production of bioenergy and the study of sustainable technologies for the conversion of biomass and waste, in the context of the European Directive on the Promotion of the Use of Energy from Renewable Sources (EU Directive 2018/2001 of 11 December 2018) and the European Waste Directive (EU Directive 2018/851 of 30 May 2018). Masters in Bioenergy acquire concepts and tools necessary to intervene in the areas of biomass production, bioenergy and biomaterials including the valorization of waste and effluents through integrated strategies of Bioeconomics and Circular Economy.

The technical and scientific skills of a Master in Bioenergy are as follows:

  1. Ability to propose sustainable projects to produce energy from biomass and waste, in order to contribute to the promotion of Bioeconomy and Circular Economy.

  2. Ability to propose projects for the valorization of biomass resources, according to the concept of Biorefinery, in order to contribute to generate added value at local, regional and national levels;

  3. Ability to design innovative projects for converting biomass, residues or effluents, for the production of Hydrogen, Methane, Synthesis gas, Biochars and Advanced Biofuels by Thermochemical or Biochemical Technologies;

  4. Ability to assess and improve the economic viability and sustainability of processes for the conversion of renewable resources, by maximizing their energy efficiency and analysis of their life cycle.

  5. Ability to intervene in the standardization and certification processes for new products and production systems for obtention of Bioenergy, Biofuels and Biomaterials.

Career opportunities

The Masters in Bioenergy are able to work in production, quality control and safety processes in the areas of biomass, bioenergy, biofuels and biomaterials production, as well as in the area of ​​waste and effluent recovery, in companies, administrative entities and entities without profit-making activities in the forestry, agricultural and agri-food, energy and waste management sectors.

They may also perform research and development tasks in entities of the public and private National Scientific System (Universities, Polytechnic Institutes, and Industry) as well as consultancy tasks in Bioenergy covering the topics mentioned above.

General characterization

DGES code



Master (2nd Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to a 3rd cycle


Maria Margarida Boavida Pontes Gonçalves

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Portuguese students: 1500 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year


"Compressed" schedule - two/three days per week

Teaching language

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Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 2 years

Credits: 120 ECTS

Scientific Area Acronym ECTS
Mandatory Optional
Alternative Energies EA 27 0
Biocombustible Production PB 18 0
Residues Valorisation VR 6 0
Biomass Tecnhologies TB 12 0
Geographic Information Systems SIG  6 0
Transferable Skills CC  3 0
Any Scientific Area   QAC 0  6 a)
Alternative Energies / Biocombustible Production / Residues Valorisation / Biomass Tecnhologies / Geographic Information Systems EA / PB / VR / TB / SIG 42 0

(a) 6 ECTS in courses chosen by the student on a list approved annually by the Scientific Council of FCT NOVAwhich includes the unity of all scientific areas of FCT NOVA.

Conditions of admittance

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Evaluation rules

The evaluation of all UCs is continuous for all the components that integrate it, and it must be completed by the last day of the school term of the academic semester.

The continuous evaluation of a UC must include a minimum of three elements in the set of evaluation components, on dates adequately spaced throughout the period of classes.

All UCs with a theoretical-practical evaluation component must provide, in addition, a form of evaluation of this component by exam, to be carried out after the period of classes (Examination of Appeal).

All requirements and conditions related to the evaluation of the UC, namely the minimum weights and classifications, if any, of each component, as well as the Frequency conditions, are defined a priori and, mandatorily, published in the Discipline Form.

For each UC, combinations of three evaluation components are allowed: (i) Theoretical-practical evaluation; (ii) Laboratory or project evaluation; (iii) Summative assessment.

The final Dissertation (or Project) involves a public discussion with a Jury.

Regulamento de Avaliação de Conhecimentos (Licenciaturas, Mestrados Integrados e Mestrados.)


1.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
8456 Mass and Energy Balances of Biomass Production 6.0
8466 Energy and Environment 6.0
7457 Alternative Energy 6.0
8457 Forestry Biomass Production 6.0
8458 Energy Crops Production 6.0
2.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10380 Entrepreneurship 3.0
10765 Production and Use of Liquid Biofuels 6.0
10766 Hydrogen Production and Utilization 6.0
10763 Geographic Information Systems 6.0
10767 Advanced Topics on Energy and Bioenergy I 3.0
10764 Biomass and Wastes Valorisation 6.0
2.º Year
Code Name ECTS
11501 Master Thesis in Bioenergy 42.0
3.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10769 Policy on Renewable Energy 6.0
10768 Energy Production using Biomass 6.0
3.º Semester - Unidade Curricular do Bloco Livre
Code Name ECTS
11066 Unrestricted Electives 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
Unidade Curricular de Bloco Livre - O estudante deverá realizar 6 ECTS de entre as UC que integram o Bloco Livre FCT, aprovado anualmente pelo Conselho Científico da FCT NOVA, o qual inclui unidades de todas as áreas científicas da FCT NOVA.